|Army Size (BEs)||1200|
|World Trade Number||5.5|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||121,972|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||7,600,000|
|Port passengers (annual)||152,000|
Medurma is a high-population world with a billion or more sophonts in population size. This world contains an archaeological site with artifacts suspected to be from the now-vanished Ancients. This world serves as the capital of the sector. The world has a colony on Jarmael (Dagudashaag 2024). This world contains an archaeological site with artifacts suspected to be from the now-vanished Ancients. This is a high technology world with available technology over the standards for Charted Space. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Pact Subsector of Dagudashaag Sector and in the Domain of Vland. Medurma, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight and the feifdoms of a count and the Subsector duke. All three are members of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world. This is the homeworld to Miyavine, an extinct Minor Race, Minor Human Race. 10% of the world's population is the Major Race Aslan.
- 1 Astrography and planetology
- 2 History and background
- 3 References and contributors
Astrography and planetology
Medurma is a member of the Dagudashaag Main.
Medurma Monostellar System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks Medurma Primary Yellow G0 V
History and background
Medurma, the capital of Dagudashaag, was originally the subject of a major colonization effort by the Solomani at about -2,093. Although there had been a few exploratory mining installations set up on-planet by the Ziru Sirka, Medurma had been largely neglected by the Vilani. Almost immediately, the Solomani colonists made a startling discovery - extensive ruins indicated that Medurma had been home to a minor human race as recently as -19,000. The "Miyavine" civilization had apparently reached TL–4 or TL–5 at its height and there is no clue as to the reason for its disappearance.
Since then, the planet has been extensively settled - the largest cities are sited inside mountain peaks, whilst high technology maximizes the agricultural yield from the few high-altitude plateau. At lower levels (known locally as Deep Level), conditions are harsh, as the temperatures hover at about 80° – 95°C, and the pressure reaches 6.5 atmospheres. Mining operations are extensive and advanced at this level, as is the cultivation of the unusual Symmonds Tree. As a result, Medurma is now more or less self-sufficient in staple foods. The population of Medurma is remarkably cosmopolitan (there is a sizable community of Aslan for instance). Imperial sociologists find Medurma particularly interesting as the population tends to be socially-stratified by altitude - the deeper-levels being populated by the lower classes.
Medurma is an old world. Over many eons, the gravitational influence of Ambrym, Medurma's massive nearby moon, has distorted the world into a “pear” shape, giving rise to a single continental massif covering much of one hemisphere. Subsequent faulting and erosion has broken this land mass into three smaller continents, but the sheer grandeur of Medurma's Landscape is still awe-inspiring. The highest peaks are almost 15 kilometers above sea Level - above the bulk of the dense, crushing atmosphere. Conditions above about 6km are quite pleasant, and it is in these regions that the majority of settlement has taken place.
There are also archaeological sites on Medurma that were believed to have been built by the Ancients.
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- In 311, the food potential of a form of plant life at DeepLevel was realised, and extensive harvesting Operations began three years later. The Symmond’s Tree became part of the staple diet of many Medurman inhabitants.
- In 615, Julianne Viisarikaa killed “Emperor” Karl I in battle, to restore stability to rimward Dagudashaag, and install Cleon V on the Iridium Throne.
- In 862, DeepLevel Harvesting LIC was formed.
- In 1051, the IISS recorded that Medurma had achieved a High Common Tech Level of 16.
- In 1114, Karyn Dea Viisarikaa (then aged 24) became Sector Duchess of Dagudashaag, following the death of her father in the ongoing warfare on Lenashuuk (Dagudashaag 1640).
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The Humans developed into a distinct minor race called the Miyavine, reaching a population of about 75 to 100 million by – 20,000. By about -19,000, they had reached a widespread TL4, with a few areas achieving TL5. Dirigibles were used for long-range transport. The Miyavine built extensive settlements at MidLevel and HighLevel, and extensive catacombs were dug into the mountain ranges where the stone was sufficiently soft. Mysteriously, archaeological records indicate that the Miyavine had more or less died out by -18,700. The reasons for this are unknown, but current theories include a genetically programmed “time-bomb”, which caused the Miyavine to become sterile after a certain number of generations.
Naasirka exploratory vessels first visited Medurma at about - 8,000. A number of exploratory mining bases were established during the years of the Ziru Sirka, reaching a total population of fifty thousand, but the harshness of the environment ruled out any prospect of further development.
The Solomani first made a detailed survey of the Medurma system at about -2,150. The settlement programme which followed was sponsored by a number of corporations with Asian, European and North American origins. The landings began in -2,099, and the period which followed was known as the Cleansing – any Vilani inhabitants were deported or killed, and any evidence of Vilani settlement was systematically erased. Follow-up surveys by the Solomani revealed extensive deposits of gold, platinum, iridium, palladium and traces of Lanthanum at DeepLevel. With their superior technology, corporations such as Metallurgias Generales were able to exploit these deposits.
Coming of the Ihatei
Ihatei ships spreading into former Second Imperium reached Medurma at about -1000, during the depths of the Long Night. Contact with the Humans resulted in a schism among the Aslan colonists. The Alignment Wars which followed left a lasting mark on Medurma – many Aslan renounced the Way of Kusyu altogether, and were absorbed into Human society. The reintroduction of Jump technology allowed scientific progress to accelerate, and brought a new expansionistic phase to Medurman culture.
In -524, an agreement signed by the governments of Medurma and Dipa (Dagudashaag 2223) established the Medurma Pact, an interstellar state which grew to cover much of what is now Pact subsector. At its height, the Pact reached a solid TL11. The historian Bryen Colveni draws many parallels between the Pact and the 'infant’ Sylean Federation, particularly in their political and military structures, in his text “False Dawns”, and suggests that the Pact had the potential to become the core of a much larger state. Its militaristic nature would, however be its downfall; after about -250, the Pact was in almost continuous conflict, particularly in the Slaver Wars with the Aakhri Empire to rimward. The state was economically overextended by the ongoing warfare, and was in decline by -10.
Medurma capitulated to the expanding Third Imperium in 90, and was designated as sector capital in 274. The Viisarikaa family, which had given the Pact the majority of its Regents since -350, now became the Ducal family of Dagudashaag Sector.
References and contributors
- Jae Campbell, Leighton Piper. "Port of Call: Medurma." Signal-GK 02 (1989): 46-53. via HIWG
- Marc Miller. First Survey (Imperium Games, 1996), 84.
- Jae Campbell. Encyclopaedia Dagudashaag (Signal-GK, 2017), 237-238.
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science